FACE OF OKIJA 2016 UNVEILS TOP 20 MALE & FEMALE FINALISTS IN LAGOS

As part of the activities taking place before a new Face of Okija is announced, the organisers on the 16th of December unveiled the top 20 contestants of the acclaimed socio-cultural pageant at an event in Lagos. On the 29th of December at Okija town, the Face of Okija pageant winners will be declared King and Queen for the duration of their reign.
This year, the contest was open to graduates from all the towns in Ihiala local government and included a male category to the competition. After hundreds, of applications, a list of 20 finalists was unveiled to the public. The top 20 finalists selected were composed of 10 females and 10 males all Igbo indigenes, graduates of tertiary institutions and below the age of 30.

The finalists are Claire Chinenye Obodozie, Henry Nwadialor, Cynthia Nnowayi, Chukwudi Enukoha, Chinasa Ezeamaka, Chinonso Ahanonu, Chisom Ubachukwu, Honorus Ahanonu, Adaolisa Asomba, Chimezie Madueke, Chiagozie Ngwukaenyi, Nnaemka Agusionu, Onyinyechi Okaforeze, Fredrick Ahize, Ogechi Onuigbo, Emmanuel Ahanonu, Chiamaka Obiakeze, Chika Ogueze, Chidumaga Nsofor & Chisom Okoye.

The competition now proceeds to the camp stage where the contestants would be trained in various areas; including Igbo culture, language lessons, business training, charity activities with the Obi Jackson foundation and an official visit to the Royal cabinet of Okija amongst other developmental activities.
At the finale on the 29th of December, the contestants would be expected to tests their skills against each other and prove that they are true representatives of Igbo land and particularly the right ambassadors for Okija.
This year, the King and Queen will be hired by the Obijackson foundation and will earn a fixed salary of 1.4million for one year, an official vehicle for the duration of reign, a scholarship grant of one million naira (N1,000,000) and a chance to impact the lives of the indigenes of Okija, Igboland and Nigeria positively through a mix of social welfare programs that they will be required to champion.
Please find the full list and brief biographies of the finalists below:

Name: Nwadialor Henry
Age: 23 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Polymer & Textile Engineering graduate, Federal University of Technology, Owerri

Name: Chukwudi Enukoha
Age: 25 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Environmental Management graduate from Anambra State University.

Name: AHANONU CHINONSO
Age: 24 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Business Administration graduate from Mahatma Ghandi University

Name: AHANONU HONORUS
Age: 22 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Science & Information Technology from Sikkim Munipal University

Name: MADUEKE CHIMEZIE
Age: 28 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Petroleum Engineering graduate from Federal University of Technology, Owerri


Name: AGUSIONU NNAEMEKA
Age: 22 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Industrial Physics (Electronics option, FUTO Owerri)


Name: AHIZE FREDRICK
Age: 24 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: LAW graduate from Nnamdi Azikwe University

Name: AHANONU EMMANUEL
Age: 23 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Economics graduate from Ebonyi State University


Name: CHIKA OGUEZE
Age: 27 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: History & International Studies, University of Calabar
Name: CHISOM OKOYE
Age: 22 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Economics graduate from University of Calabar

Name: CLAIRE CHINEYE OBODOZIE
Age: 21 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Environmental & Resource Management, Presbyterian University College Ghana
Name: NNOWAYI CYNTHIA
Age: 23 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Economics, Nnamdi aAzikwe University



Name: CHINASA EZEAMAKA
Age: 23 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Music graduate from Chukwuemaka Odumegbu University, Anambra State

Name: CHISOM UBACHUKWU
Age: 24 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Psychology from Enugu State University of Science and Technology

Name: ASOMBA ADAOLISA
Age: 22 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Pharmaceutical Technology from Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri


Name: CHIAGOZIE NGWUKAEYI
Age: 23 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Agriculture Economics from Micheal Opara University, Abia State

Name: ONYINYECHI OKAFOREZE
Age: 26 years old
Origin: Isseke
Educational Qualification: Information Management Technology, FUTO Owerri


Name: ONUIGBO PRINCESS OGECHI
Age: 21 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Science Laboratory Technology, Abia State Polytechnic

Name: CHIAMAKA OBIAKEZE
Age: 22 years old
Origin: Okija
Educational Qualification: Mass Communication, Madonna University Okija

Name: NSOFOR CHIDUMAGA
Age: 27 years old
Origin: Iheala
Educational Qualification: English & Literary studies, Anambra State University

ABOUT THE FACE OF OKIJA
The Face of Okija is a beauty pageant with a difference. It is a rich cultural event aimed at rejuvenating Igbo culture, which has been badly eroded by all manner of external influences. The Face of Okija supports and promotes Igbo language and culture and lays great emphasis on the qualities of the archetypal African man and woman which include honesty, decency, modesty, humility and service. This is the true definition of beauty.
Prior to 2016, publicity for the pageant was limited to Okija and its environs however the foundation has taken a big step this year by extending the reach of its recruitment message by adding online advertising to reach indigenes all over Nigeria and hopefully in Diaspora.


ABOUT THE OBI JACKSON FOUNDATION
Extreme poverty is one of the modern world’s greatest tragedies, especially in rural areas where illiteracy, hunger and poor healthcare have regrettably become commonplace. The Obijackson Foundation was established to challenge these obstacles and make a real and measurable change in Eastern Nigeria and beyond. We hope to bring the marginalized back into the community and play our part in making the world a better place.
Since then, the foundation has with the grace of Almighty God gone from strength to strength and is recognized for its pro-social activities in Nigeria. The organization is dedicated to improving the socio-economic wellbeing of the nation’s people through improved access to good quality education and healthcare in addition to cultural enrichment. Our intervention areas range from community development initiatives to food programmes to health schemes, the gemstone of which is the Obijackson Women and Children’s Hospital in Okija, Anambra State.
Underpinning our activities is the understanding that we are not just Christians because we say that we serve God; we are Christians because we serve God in the people around us.
OBIJACKSOUN FOUNDATION---------serving God in our neighbours.